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Whoosh battle for bronze

The Whistler Whoosh women’s volleyball team got off to a strong start on Sunday in the first B.C. Volleyball Association tournament of the season.


With 13 teams in the tournament, including the top teams from the Lower Mainland, the Whoosh knew they had their work cut out for them.

They got off to a shaky start, splitting games with team Red Hot and losing to the UBC Junior Varsity team to finish third in their pool. As a result they were dropped to the Tier II bracket, where they caught their stride. They beat Go Deep in two games, then split a pair of games with Unamus, another Whistler team.

Moving into the playoffs, Whoosh split the first two games with Simon Fraser University, then won the tie-breaker. Advancing to the semi-finals, Whoosh faced Red Hot once again, splitting the first two matches and losing the decider to finish third overall in the Tier II bracket.

Olga Achiardi and Raelene Vandenbosch provided the defence, Mairi Smith and Mel Bernier supplied the hitting and blocking, while Sue Oliver, Myrna Laconetti Bush and Carlee Howell were the setters.

Women’s volleyball tournament this weekend

Whistler will be hosting a four-team volleyball tournament this Saturday, Nov. 20 featuring the Whistler Whoosh, two Unamus squads and a team from Vancouver.

The organizers originally hoped to host more teams, but none of the teams from the Lower Mainland could make it.

Spectators are welcome at the tournament, which runs from approximately 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Whistler Secondary.

Whistler Gymnastics hosts Moe Joe’s fundraiser

The Whistler Gymnastics Club is hosting a karaoke night and pool tournament this Saturday, Nov. 20 at Moe Joe’s. For $15, participants will get one free drink and appetizers, and there will be drink specials through the evening, with a portion of the proceeds going to the club to pay for new equipment. The fundraiser runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Parents host fundraiser for dancers

A group of parents is hosting an all-you can eat sushi fundraiser for dancers on the Whistler Youth Dance Force team, based out of Soul Funktion. Held at Kaze in the Westin Resort, the price is $25 for all you can eat sushi. There will be karaoke as well. All of the proceeds will go towards competitions and costumes for the dancers. For more information call 604-966-4645 or 604-966-0644.

Local free-heeler featured in movie premiere

Whistler’s own Steve Leeder is one of the skiers featured in Incognito – Total Telemark IV , a new film by Tough Guy Productions, which is premiering in Whistler on Nov. 24 at Moe Joe’s, starting at 8:30 p.m. G3 (Genuine Guide Gear), a local backcountry equipment company, is sponsoring the premier, and providing more than a $1,000 in draw prizes for the event.

Incognito features some of the top free-heelers in the world, and is filmed at locations in the U.S., Canada, Norway, Russia and other countries.

Local athletes featured in Warren Miller’s 55 th

It’s hard to believe it, but Warren Miller has just released his 55 th ski movie in 55 years. Talk about passion.

Impact is his latest feature, and by all accounts it could be his most epic. It features 19 different locales, and 75 different skiers and snowboarders. The local contingent of two plankers and shredders includes Dan Treadway, Hugo Harrison, Natasza Zurek, Anthony Boronowski, Mark Abma and Brian Savard.

The Whistler release will be hosted by Garfinkel’s this Sunday, Nov. 21. Tickets are $6 in advance at Garf’s and the Electric Daisy, and $8 at the door.

Squamish Fall Classic Sunday

The Squamish Fall Classic Road Run is turning 28 this Sunday, Nov. 21, and is easily one of the longest running events in the Sea to Sky corridor.

Held by the Squamish Titans Athletic Club, the run will feature 5K and 10K routes for runners, joggers and walkers, starting at Howe Sound Secondary School.

Race registration gets underway after 8 a.m. and the events starts at 9 a.m. You can pick up forms at Brennan Park Recreation Centre, Eagle Run Coffee Company, Sea to Sky Ocean Sports and Meadow Park Sports Centre in Whistler.

Nordics XC ski swap on Saturday

Looking for a deal on classic or skate cross country skiing equipment?

The Whistler Nordics Cross Country Ski Club is hosting its annual ski swap this Saturday, Nov. 20 at Myrtle Philip Community School. The swap runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is a $2 charge to sell used equipment, and the proceeds will go towards the club’s Rabbits youth programs.

If you’re worried about selection, the Whistler Cross Country Connection will be selling its used rental equipment at the swap.